Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Up to 20% of the U.S. population will develop influenza each year. Influenza causes significant illness and death, especially in vulnerable populations such as infants, elderly, and immunocompromised persons. In April 2009 local healthcare providers, state health departments, and the CDC responded to influenza caused by a new virus (2009 Novel H1N1), first identified in Mexico. A pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2009, the first since 1968. Unlike seasonal influenza, the groups at high risk for severe illness due to H1N1 virus included otherwise healthy children over the age of 2 years. In the U.S., the pandemic virus caused a substantial rise in influenza activity. The WHO declared the pandemic over in August 2010; however, the 2009 H1N1 virus is expected to circulate as one of several influenza strains during the 2010-1011 flu season. Community healthcare providers including pharmacists and nurses play a key role in symptom recognition, patient triage, and provision of drug information, medications, vaccines and education. This article will review characteristics of influenza, including viral evolution, signs and symptoms of infection, subsequent complications, diagnosis, and the approach to management.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-10-010-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.